Approved: 16.08.2006

Richard Zeiss

Artist

Archived
Approved: 16.08.2006
 
 

Artist Statement

 

Moments of Pure Materiality in Painting

Michael Fried once said 'The materials do not represent, signify, or allude to anything; they are what they are and nothing more.' My interest here is twofold: how barren of referents can material vision become? And how and where can the viewing subject be kept close to the threshold where material vision turns into phenomenal vision? Paul de Man, re-reading Kant’s Third Critique, suggests the notion of pure material vision – a kind of vision that exists before phenomenality 'occurs'; however, he comes from the text. How does this relate to painting, and can it relate at all?

“Material collisions”: the materials I use such as tarpaulin or egg tempera may ultimately cancel each other out, with their individual phenomenal character breaking down into non-relational materiality, subverting each other’s connotations, where tarpaulin is just a (polyethylene) surface with no external referents.

CV & Education

 

Qualifications and training

2013-2015 MPhil in Painting, Royal College of Art, London

 

2005-2006 MA Fine Art, Byam Shaw at Central Saint Martins, London

 

2000-2003 BA Fine Art, Fr. Kunstakademie Rhein, Essen & Krefeld, Germany

 

1997-1999 MBA, IESE Barcelona, Spain

 

1989-1993 MSc, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria

 

Selected exhibitions

2015 Surface, Materiality, Space, Hockney Gallery, London

 

2014 Re: SEARCH, Dyson Gallery, London

 

2013 Dromology, South Square Centre, Thornton

 

2012 Sequences, Galerie Asbæk, AAC, Copenhagen

 

2011 Guangdong Reel, Da Wang Culture Highland, Shenzhen

 

2011 10/4, Galerie Asbæk, AAC, Copenhagen

 

2011 Zurück zum Paradies, Werftart/Kunst im Hafen e.V., Düsseldorf

 

2011 The Speed of Light, Georg Kargl Fine Arts (Kargl Box), Vienna

 

2010 Frieze Art Fair 2010, Georg Kargl Fine Arts @ Frieze, London

 

2010 Art/Value/Currency (part 2), Eastern District, New York

 

2010 Summer Salon, The Islington Art Factory, London

 

2010 How beautiful ugliness is, The Red Gate Gallery, London

 

2009 Art/Value/Currency (part 1), The Bunker Gallery, London

 

2009 London International Creative Competition (LICC) Show, London

 

2009 ARCO 2009, Georg Kargl Fine Arts @ ARCO, Madrid

 

2007 Breaking the mould picking up the fragments, Front Projects, London

 

Competitions, prizes and awards, residencies, grants

2015 Battersea Power Station Show Award, Battersea Arts Centre, London

 

2012 Artist in residence, Can Xalant, Centre de Creació i Pensament Contemporani, Mataró

 

2011 Full grant – AIR, Da Wang Culture Highland Artist Residency, Shenzhen

 

2010 & 2012 Artist grant – Artist in res. 03/10 & 02/12, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson/VT

 

2009 LICC (London International Creative Competition) Award 2009

 

  2007 Sovereign European Art Prize 2006/07, Finalist, Rochelle School, London